Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Leiber, F. mss. II, ca. 1932-1970, consist of correspondence, writings, drawings, and photographs of science fiction writer Fritz Leiber, 1910-1992. The correspondence includes a typed carbon copy to a publisher, October 21, 1949, regarding publication of Conjure Wife and Gather Darkness!; drafts of two letters to his wife, 1956, when they were separated; and letters from various friends and associates, particularly Myna Lockwood. The writings present include fragments and miscellaneous notes for story ideas, but chiefly they consist of long notes analyzing himself, his wife and his relationship with her and other family members; and notes and discussion outlines about drinking and alcoholism.

A substantial portion of the collection consists of pamphlets, newsletters and other publications of Alcoholics Anonymous, primarily from the 1960s. Some of the notes and writings described above relate to or result from meetings of AA attended by Leiber.

Also present is a folder of theatre notices and ephemera relating to his father, Shakespearean actor Fritz Leiber, Sr.

A folder list of the collection is available.

Purchase. Ralph B. Sipper Books. Santa Barbara, CA 2001

Leiber, F. mss. II

Folder list

    Correspondence. 1948-1970; n.d. 2 folders

    Writings. Leiber, F. Analysis of self; of family members

    Leiber, F. On or about drinking and alcoholism

    Leiber, F. Miscellaneous and fragments

    Art work. Pen and ink cartoon-like drawings (13). At least one drawing by F. Leiber

    Photographs. Two with F. Leiber in them and two cat portraits

    Miscellaneous memorabilia

    Audio recordings. 3 reels, 1966

    Printed. Berkeley Publishing Corp. Titles, order blanks and sample covers for 1970 titles.

    Science Fiction Writers of America: Forum #5, June 1968; Forum #6, undated

    Miscellaneous clippings and tear sheets

    Alcoholics Anonymous. Pamphlets, newsletters, publications, chiefly 1960s 3 folders

    Fritz Leiber, Sr. (1882-1949). Theatre notices, photographs, clippings, ca. 1930s-1949

Collection size: 250 items

Related manuscripts: Leiber, F. mss.

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